Welcome to the WMS Peer Mentor Program

This program is Best Practice and should be in every school across the state!  

Watch the Documentary below to get a brief overview of the program.

January 22, 2020

Two 8th grade peer mentors created this amazing video to show where Washington Middle School is headed.  What our dreams and hopes are for the years to come.  For our students, our staff, and our community. 

September 27, 2019

      It is so important to bring the community into our classrooms.  This last year reminded me how much it helps my students.  I was lucky enough to have peer mentors who had a dad's that were doctors, and  firefighters.  They each came in and they each did an amazin...

May 15, 2019

As my 8th graders move onto high school and we tearfully say goodbye...for they are forever part of our classroom family..it makes me sad, and happy.  Happy to see all the amazing things they will do with their life, and sad not to see their smiling faces every day.


January 29, 2019

Saying goodbye to a friend, mentor, or family member when a strong connection has been made is really hard.  We need to intentionally give our students the time, words, and a safe space to learn how to do this.  Thank you Mentor Washington for helping me to create this...

December 12, 2018

As I glance around the gym at WMS filled with hundreds of 8th graders the excitement is palpable.  It's Nitroball tournament day,  an offshoot of volleyball and foursquare.  The students have formed teams, registered to play, and many have created team uniforms....

December 4, 2018

Transitions are one of the biggest struggles in special education.  For parents, for teachers, and most of all for our students. This is one of the main reasons we started and grew the peer mentor program at WMS.  To create a support system of friends around our studen...

September 28, 2018

Oh my goodness the first week of school is such a struggle in special education rooms that focus on functional academics. 

We are battling lack of sleep, lack of schedule, and lack of social interaction….and that’s just the teachers:)

Our kids have been off schedule all...

September 1, 2018

This summer has sped by.  What a wonderful time to reset, recharge, and refocus.

I worked ESY (Extended School Year) this summer with my kids who needed extra support to not lose the skills gained this past school year.  

It's always a struggle to set up a real...

May 30, 2018

      This has been an amazing year.  All over this great region there are peer mentor programs popping up. 

      I am loving getting feedback from the districts who have either started or are in the planning phases for next years programs.  There a...

March 29, 2018

In the past five days I have had streams of WMS students entering my classroom to sign up for the peer mentor program.  As they slowly creep around the corner, they look  nervous, excited, and wide eyed.  It is what I had always hoped that would had happen when this cl...

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